Boston College Advanced Study Grants

The Boston College Advanced Study Grants were established to encourage, support, and give visible recognition to undergraduates who have that special spark of scholarly initiative and imagination. Students with these qualities should also be thinking of themselves as prospective candidates for national fellowships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater, or Truman. An Advanced Study Grant for a summer project can be an important step along the way.

Advanced Study Grants are for student-designed projects. They are not awarded for projects in which a student proposes to work with a faculty member on the faculty member's research. For such faculty-designed projects, Boston College has Undergraduate Research Fellowships.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Advanced Study Grants

These grants are funded by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee at Boston College, and they are offered to Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors for summer projects that embody the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and advance non-violent initiatives in civil rights, equal rights, and economic and social  justice. For example, grants could support acquisition of skills in working with disenfranchised individuals or groups within the United States, visiting specialized libraries or archives, or advancing language skills to enhance a service or research trip to under-served areas within the United States or abroad. Proposals, particularly those for projects in another country, should clearly note the relevance of the project to the works and goals pursued by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

University Fellowships


Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship

Boston College established the Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship on June 10, 1993, in honor of the University’s first Black Director. The purpose of this award is to prepare Boston College students for leadership in the United States and the world at large by enriching their personal and educational development through travel. Consistent with the namesake’s lifelong role as a universal educator, community leader, and mentor, the Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship underwrites travel/study experiences that contribute to the personal and intellectual growth of its recipients. Thanks to the financial support of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Committee, as of 2011 there will be 2 AVH Traveling Fellowship issued each year.

The Amanda V. Houston Traveling Fellowship provides up to $3,000 toward domestic or international travel, including transportation, lodging, meals and research-related expenses. The successful recipients can use the award for either an Independent Research Project under the supervision of a faculty member or a Research Paper attached to an approved course in a BC recognized study abroad program. If the applicant will be studying abroad, then the Research Paper can be result of approved coursework. The content of either the Independent Research Project or the Research Paper must significantly focus on African or African Diaspora Communities. The award must be used during the summer or fall semester of the fellowship year.


Grant Details


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship Grant for Unpaid Internships

The Dr. MLK, Jr. internship grant will be offered to a sophomore or junior who embodies the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and advances nonviolent initiatives in civil and equal rights, education, economic and social justice.  This summer internship can be done  in the US or abroad.  The committee will award one $3,500 grant for unpaid internships.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Submit your Application via Google Forms by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 14, 2021.

Application Form

**N.B. - COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of the continued impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on summer internship opportunities, internships in which all, or most, of the work will be completed remotely are eligible this year. Independent and/or unsupervised internships will not be considered. If you have any questions about the application process or eligibility, contact


MLK Graduate Student Research Travel Grant

The MLK Graduate Student Research Travel Grant supports graduate and professional student research, travel, and/or professional development activities that embody the philosophy of Dr. King, and advance non-violent initiatives in civil rights, equal rights, education, and economic and social justice. Applicants must clearly demonstrate the ways in which their project, activity or research relates to the philosophies, beliefs, and teachings of Dr. King. Three grants of up to $500 will be awarded each year, one each semester and one in the summer.

Deadline: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Submit Application via Google Forms by 11:59 p.m. EST on October 13, 2021.

Application Form